For as long as cinema has been in existence, the city of Berlin has been always involved with his history and development. A lot of motion pictures like for example the timeless expressionist masterwork Metropolis has been produced and distributed in Europe by one of the most important major film company, called UFA Film and headquartered in Babelsberg Berlin. The first movies have been seen in big old cinemas like UFA Palast or Titania Palast but also in small cine realities like the Moviemento Kino in Kreuzberg, nowadays the oldest cinema in Germany. After the II WW almost all the big cinemas have been destroyed and replaced with the new cinemas which have been built following the architectural 50’s 60’s style in Berlin. The best examples of course has been shown in east Berlin: Kino International and Kosmos are masterwork of the socialist architecture. In addition to this in west Berlin for the first time the Berlinale take place in 1951. After the fall of the wall & during the 90’s the small cinemas rooms were back again, using small empty flats located on the ground floor, often also into squat’s underground realities like in Tacheles, … Nowadays some of those small cinemas are still living and creating an alternative scene in town with a particular attention for new and unknown film directors.
If Berlin contribute Also the city of Berlin during 100 years has been the main theme and stage for cult films produced by famous film directors like „Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis„, Berlin-Alexanderplatz, Germany, Year Zero, The Legend of Paul and Paula, Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo, Wings of Desire, Run Lola Run, Berlin Calling, and many others
As an unique time capsule formed by a plenty of film streched into 100 years, Berlin’s filmografie tells and shows us almost every single moment of life and death of himself. No other city can count on such visual heritage. And that’s even more important and unique when one thinks that Berlin has been the city with most changes in the world during the last century. While Berlin’s past has been almost completely destroyed, his present is always in progress.